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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Doctor Who Stitch-Along Week 1


Welcome to the first ever hand embroidery stitch-along on Fandom In Stitches!

Join us in celebrating a half century of our favorite Doctor!

Each block starts with a hand embroidered design and ends with fun, easy-to-piece block instructions! After 12 weeks, stitch your blocks together for a fun and fabulous a Doctor Who themed quilt!

Without further ado, we are pleased to introduce The First Doctor!

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Designed by Aalia Zaman
7 1/2" hand embroidered


Stitch as desired. Aalia's sample worked in 2-strand split stitch. 
See cutting instructions below for block size.

Need to learn to hand embroider? Not to worry, it's easy peasy and you just need a few tools!

Fandom In Stitches recommends Jenny Hart's amazing tutorials over at Sublime Stitching! Want more? There are oodles of great videos on YouTube and we've created a playlist just for you! 

Support Fandom In Stitches: shop for embroidery supplies on Amazon!

Stitching Along? Come share on the Fandom In Stitches Facebook Group

sample block
To create finished blocks like the one pictured, use the following instructions. Amounts listed do not include final borders.

Printable Instructions

Fabric & First Cuts:
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 yard fabric for block centers, cut into 10 or 12" strips (whether you need more or less is up to you and how you want to hoop your fabric)
  • 2/3 yard dark fabric, cut into 2 1/2" strips x WOF*
  • 2/3 yard light fabric, cut into 2 1/2" strips x WOF
You can also use scraps, just follow the directions below. Jelly rolls will work great, too!
*WOF = Width of Fabric (usually 40 - 44" wide)

  • 12 - 10" - 12" for block centers (after stitching, these will be squared up to 8 1/2" x 8 1/2", the extra is for easier hooping)
  • 24 - 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips from dark fabric
  • 22 - 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" from light fabric
  • 48 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" blocks from light fabric
DW-SAL sashing instructions

  • Stitch 2 1/2" squares to each end of the 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" dark sashing as shown.
  • Trim seam allowance if desired.
  • Open triangles and press.
  • Repeat for all 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" dark sashing (can be chain pieced). 

Use these piecing instructions for all blocks. 
Use diagrams below for center block orientation.
Use 1/4" seam allowance throughout.

8 1/2" light sashing >  block center > 8 1/2" light sashing
12 1/2" dark sashing > pieced center> 12 1/2" dark sashing
Block Layout 1 (odd number weeks)
Use this layouts for all odd numbered weeks: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11
Block Layout 2 (even number weeks)
Use this layouts for all even numbered weeks: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12

block layouts in quilt (no sashing)
At the end of 12 weeks, you will have blocks that will go together like this! 
Final border instructions will be posted Week 12 - July 31, 2013.

Not sure what colors you might like to use? Here are some fun ideas! Quilt layout designed by Jennifer Ofenstein in EQ7.

Colorful layout with wide final border colorful with black background
Colorful layouts with light background (L) and dark background (R)
scrappy version, wide border (lighter outer border) blue variety with black background
Scrappy Blue Layouts with light background (L) and dark background (R)
original with white background original with tardis blue background
Solid Color Layout with light background (L) and dark background (R)

Layouts are just suggested...feel free to use your blocks any way you chose!

The Doctor Who Stitch-Along (DW-SAL) is a combined effort of the following designers. Show them some love!

flickr prize
In addition to our usual monthly flickr prize, we will also be awarding a fun pack of DMC embroidery floss to one Stitch-Along participant per month! Actual thread may vary. Share photos of your Doctor Who Stitch-Along blocks with our flickr group to win! One entry per block. Only photos posted to flickr are eligible to win. Shared photos are also eligible to win our regular monthly prize. Winners chosen the last Tuesday of the month.

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  1. Um, brilliant! Love this stitch along! The Doctor completely rocks. I don't know if I have time to participate, but I'm definitely going to follow along.

    xo -E

    1. Oh, I hope you have time to play along! If not, you'll know where the patterns will be when you're ready!

  2. Wooooo hooooo! Geronimo!!!

    LOVE the YT playlist - what an awesome idea!

    1. YAY, we finally started! Let me know if you have any favorite videos and I'll add them to the list. :D

  3. I currently don't embroider or quilt... but I'm going to give it a try over the next few weeks!

    1. I do hope you give it a try! Hand embroidery is one of the easiest and most enjoyable crafts I've ever tried. :)

  4. Got my centers cut out today and will hopefully have time to transfer the pattern!